Texas Governor Price Daniel was in office when the United States launched the embargo against Cuba in 1962. Now, 54 years and 10 Texas Governors later, U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba have been reestablished. While many Americans view Cuba as the premier source for robust cigars and talented baseball players, Texans view Cuba much differently.
Agricultural trade between Texas and Cuba already exists, and Texas is in a prime position to be a major trading partner with Cuba as U.S. sanctions are eased. In fact, during a recent meeting of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist told senators that U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba could reach $1.2 billion annually if some trade barriers are lifted.
In June 2016, the Texas Lyceum will convene its first-ever conference in Havana, Cuba. Lyceum Directors, Alumni, and guests will enjoy authentic Cuban experiences and hear from U.S. and Cuban business leaders, diplomats and policy makers about economic opportunities and trade policies between Texas and Cuba. This is an historic event not to be missed.
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